Nothing in life is easy. No pain no gain. What goes up must come down.
Actually, we should stop whining long enough to say this was a GREAT hike. In fact, it was pretty much a perfect day. We took a scenic early morning train from Sydney, Australia to Wentworth Falls in the Blue Mountains. We knew we’d be hiking for most of the day, so we stopped to “fuel up” at the Blue Mist Café, directly across from the train station. Corn cakes, salmon, eggs and avocado was Joe’s choice. A “long black” for him. (That’s Australian for black coffee.) Beth had ricotta pancakes with fig-pear compote. Lusciously rich hot chocolate for her. Smart stop as we were truly ready.
Our hike started at the nearby Conservation Hut where we picked up a map. We surveyed the mountains and canyons from the overlook and then started down the many stairs.
Stairs were interspersed with views of waterfalls. Water dripped from above, and the ferns filled the forest.
At places, the trail hugged the canyon wall, and rocks jutted out over us, creating a waterfall just a few meters in front of us.
After yet another great series of waterfalls, we came to a steep series of stone steps up, followed by another series of metal steps up. We took a rest under some trees and watched a red wattlebird overhead.
The trail forked and we walked back on the Charles Darwin Trail along a gently flowing stream. The sun dropped in the sky and birds gathered in the trees overhead.
We celebrated the day with a stop at a Chinese restaurant in Wentworth Falls before catching the train home.
At day’s end we agreed the National Pass rates as one of the best hikes we’ve done – and we’ve done many. If you decide to do the National Pass, don’t let the stairs stop you. Just remember – no pain, no gain. Also, what goes down must go up.